From the NYTimes: 52 Places to Go in 2015

52 Places to Go in 2015 - Click the link above to see the list, descriptions, and beautiful photos! It is no surprise to me that Philadelphia, PA is on the list.  But I never expected to see it as Number 3!!! Two places on my bucket list of places to go before I... Continue Reading →

The Colors of the Rainbow

From time to time I am asked what I miss the most from the States.  Today, I realized I miss the colors of the rainbow. Turkey is chock full of Turks.  They come in varying colors, dark skin and dark hair, blonde hair and light skin.  I've even met some red heads. But it's just... Continue Reading →

The Ottoman Empire

Did I get your attention?  Sorry, this post is not about the actual empire.  Rather, it is about my idea for a new business should I ever move back to the States.  The business will be called, "The Ottoman Kumpir." "What is Kumpir?"  Glad you asked. Kumpir is a stuffed potato, similar to the beloved... Continue Reading →

Recycle America!

One of the great things I like about the States is the attempts to recycle practically everything.  I realize we are still far behind and there's always more to do to save Planet Earth.  But compared to Turkey, we are miles ahead. Behind?  Absolutely!  I remember one day back in the 90's (I think it... Continue Reading →

Ode to the Porch

People are always asking me what I miss from the States while I am living in Ankara.  My answers are always the same.  Family.  Friends.  Food. This week, I realized there are other things.  I really miss the greenery everywhere.  In Ankara, we have beautiful parks.  And we can drive outside of the city to... Continue Reading →

Tips on Parallel Parking

Since I was 6 years old, I have always lived on streets where folks must parallel park their vehicles.  My father was a truck driver and two brothers followed in that line of work.  So when it came time to learn to drive, believe me, I knew I had better learn to parallel park or... Continue Reading →

Need a Quick Dinner Suggestion?

In Turkey, I find that there is no such thing as a "quick meal" for the most part, unless I am ordering for delivery.  Sure, there's brinner (breakfast for dinner) and there is a small selection of cereals.  But the idea of making a quick sandwich doesn't really exist for me.  The lunch meat selections... Continue Reading →

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